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Wilbur De Paris

Wilbur DeParis, a satisfactory soloist, was a fantastic ensemble participant and a significant bandleader who helped preserve New Orleans jazz alive in the 1950s. He began on alto horn and in 1922 performed C-melody sax while dealing with A.J. Piron before switching completely to trombone. In 1925, DeParis led a music group in Philadelphia and had stints within the orchestras of Leroy Smith (1928), Dave Nelson, Noble Sissle, Edgar Hayes, Teddy Hill (1936-1937), the Mills Blue Tempo Music group, and Louis Armstrong (1937-1940). Much less well-known mainly because his sibling, the talented trumpet soloist Sidney DeParis, Wilbur was with Roy Eldridge’s big music group and Duke Ellington (1945-1947) and documented with Sidney Bechet during 1949-1950. Nevertheless, it had been in 1951 when he come up with a band to try out at Ryan’s that included his sibling and clarinetist Omer Simeon that he discovered his specific niche market. Wilbur DeParis’ New New Orleans Jazz Music group did not simply play Dixieland criteria but marches, pop music, and hymns, all converted into swinging and spirited jazz. Through the entire 1950s, the group documented consistently exciting pieces for Atlantic (which are however long away from print) plus they had been the resident music group at Ryan’s during 1951-1962, touring Africa in 1957. DeParis continuing leading bands until his loss of life, but his last recordings had been in 1961.

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